What do teeth and gums have to do with your overall health? Believe it or not, there is a pretty strong correlation between dental and oral problems and serious health conditions, such as heart troubles and diabetes. Still, few Americans visit the dentist as much as they should (general dentists recommend coming in at least twice per year for a professional cleaning). How exactly can neglecting dental care ultimately lead to poor health?
Misaligned Teeth And Heart Problems
It’s true; very few Americans go to the dentist twice per year, and some (20%) ages 20 to 64 have not not been to the dentist in over five years! More and more studies prove that this is problematic. Why? Some procedures that may have been considered largely cosmetic in the past can actually impact patients’ overall well-being and health.
According to researchers and some of the best dentists, misaligned teeth may ultimately increase risks of mild to severe periodontal disease, which can — in turn — lead to heart disease.
“Up to 91% of patients with heart disease have periodontitis, compared to 66% of people with no heart disease,” WebMD explains. “The two conditions have several risk factors in common, such as smoking, unhealthy diet, and excess weight.” Some of the best cosmetic dentistry, like orthodontia, can be an important preventative measure when it comes to your overall health.
Bad Gums May Increase Your Risk Of Type II Diabetes
Similarly, periodontal disease can cause type II diabetes. Inflamed or irritated gums often leads to an inability to process blood sugar at the same rate, ultimately causing or worsening type II diabetes. “Fortunately you can use the gum disease-diabetes relationship to your favor: managing one can help bring the other under control,” WebMD continues.
Cosmetic and general dentists perform 2.63 million aesthetic dental procedures or treatments in any given year. Make them count. Talk to local dentists about procedures that boost your confidence — and improve your overall health and well-being.